Pain Management Services

Fit For Work holds the ACC Pain Management Services contract for the South Island

The Pain Management Service (PMS) is for clients who have persistent pain which prevents them from engaging in their usual activities of daily living. It is for those that have or are at risk of developing a pain-related disability following an injury.  

Pain is a normal experience that we all have. It is our brain’s way of getting our attention and protecting us. Fortunately, pain generally settles in the short-term. But for some, pain persists and can have a huge effect on quality of life.

We know that pain is complex. It is influenced by a wide range of factors and thus needs to be understood from a holistic or biopsychosocial perspective. Evidence indicates that effective pain management requires a multidisciplinary approach, which will be different for each person.

Our pain management programmes are tailored to the individual’s needs and goals and are  provided by a core interdisciplinary team of occupational physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists who specialise in pain management. 

The service is also able to access a range of additional multidisciplinary providers, with experience in pain management, to support a client to best manage their pain.

The team’s focus is on education and supporting the client to develop self-management skills and strategies to manage their pain and allow engagement in everyday activities, including work. 

Referrals can be received from ACC directly, from a person’s GP or other health professionals (in relation to an accepted ACC claim).

Check out our Resources page for information on managing pain.